Enkei Brings Back the Classic Apache Wheel

Friday, May 18, 2012 by Doc Horvath

Enkei has a rich history dating back over thirty years, originating in Japan with a focus on lightweight aftermarket and Original Equipment wheels intended for high-performance applications. In fact, Formula 1 champion Lewis Hamilton and his team rely on Enkei wheels for their durability and weight savings for their race cars.

While many new vehicles come equipped with Enkei wheels from the factory, including Subaru, Mitsubishi and Honda, many consider the older designs to be what built the Enkei brand and reputation. With that in mind, Enkei is revisiting some of their classic designs from the past and has recently introduced the Apache II in select 15" sizes for Honda, Toyota, Datsun/Nissan and other four lug applications.

The Apache II model is available in both machined with black accent and sliver machined with clearcoat, four spoke finishes with a polished lip. Apache II wheels feature simulated assembly bolts to give the illusion of a multi-piece wheel but with a more cost-effective, one-piece design.

Be sure to check out all the wheels in Enkei's Classic line to see if one is a good fit for your vehicle.

Enkei Introduces the New Raijin in Hyper Silver, Black and Gunmetal

Tuesday, April 24, 2012 by Doc Horvath

Enkei has been best known for offering high-quality wheels that are lightweight and durable for smaller sports cars. Recently, the company introduced the Raijin wheel that features the classic split-spoke design for larger sport sedans and even SUVs in an 18" diameter.
 

The Enkei Tuning Series Raijin combines the very desirable spoke design that has become a timeless classic with the latest MAT technology to provide additional strength with less aluminum. Raijin wheels are a great fit for the following vehicles:

  • Audi A4
  • BMW 3 Series
  • Subaru WRX
  • VW GTI
  • BMW X3

Available in a black painted, gunmetal painted and hyper silver finish, make the wheel a part of your next Tire & Wheel Package.

Enkei Tuning Series Raijin Wheels are Becoming a Hot Topic

Tuesday, March 20, 2012 by Gary Stanley

I've been seeing more posts and questions about the Enkei Tuning Series Raijin wheel on the BMW forums. Enkei has been producing high quality wheels since the 1950s and is well known by racers and tuners.
 

This lightweight performance wheel is hub centric for the BMW 3 Series in most sizes and offers outstanding quality. The wheel even carries a lifetime structural warranty. One particularly popular fitment is a staggered 18" setup for 2006-2012 BMW 3 Series cars (often referred to as E90 and E92 on the forums). This 18x8 front and 18x9.5 rear set-up weighs in at approximately 21 lbs. per wheel. The wheels allow for use of the popular sizes of 235/40R18 up front and 265/35R18 on the rear. 
 

The wheel is available in three finishes:

Raijin Black Painted
Raijin Black Painted
Raijin Gunmetal Painted
Raijin Gunmetal Painted
Raijin Hyper Silver
Raijin Hyper Silver

 

The Enkei Tuning Series Raijin is available for many vehicles besides BMW. Audi, VW, even Nissan 370 Z and Infiniti G37 car fitments are available. The warm weather is here; so enhance your vehicle's look with a Tire & Wheel Package today.

Enkei Tuning Series Raijin: God of Thunder

Monday, March 19, 2012 by Gavin Carpenter

New for 2012, Enkei Tuning Series has released the Raijin, named after the Japanese god of thunder.

 

Enkei did a fantastic job of creating a beautiful, functional wheel. The face of the spokes have just enough of a cut to create some contrast on the wheel, while the concave center adds a touch of softness.
 

Raijin wheels come in an 18" diameter and are available in a black painted, hyper silver and gunmetal painted finish. The Enkei Tuning Series Raijin wheel offers the following features and benefits:

  • 14-spoke
  • One-piece, cast construction with MAT Technology
  • Snap-in center cap
  • Exposed lugs
Enkei Tuning Raijin Black Painted
Enkei Tuning Series Raijin Black Painted
Enkei Tuning Raijin Hyper Silver
Enkei Tuning Series Raijin Hyper Silver
Enkei Tuning Raijin Gunmetal Painted
Enkei Tuning Series Raijin Gunmetal Painted

 

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the General Exclaim UHP

Wednesday, January 11, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

The following post was created from content submitted via Tire Rack's consumer surveys. Information shown is the opinion of the consumer and meant to be used for comparison shopping purposes.

General Exclaim UHPReviewer's Overall Rating: 7.2

2008 Nissan Altima Sedan
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Miles driven on tires: 12000
Location: glastonbury, ct
Driving Condition: Average

Initial Review, 12000 Miles on Tires
September 13, 2009

Using as a summer tire. Good traction on dry and wet pavement. Was on the car during light snow; it did okay, but not recommended. There's minimal noise, but the tire is still relatively new. Have not noticed any unusual wear. Cornering is stable. Pleasantly surprised with price/performance. If they last 25,000+/- at similar level of performance, I'll buy another set; they're easily as good as the Contis, Dunlops, and Nokians I've owned at a much lower price. Bought this tire (and a set of Enkei wheels from Tirerack came from the dealership when I purchased the car). Very pleased with Tirerack product and service. Recommended local installer was superb in every way.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus V12 evo K110

Thursday, December 29, 2011 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Hankook Ventus V12 evo K110Reviewer's Overall Rating: 8.29

2005 Mazda RX-8 6-speed
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Miles driven on tires: 5000
Location: Chicago, Il
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 5000 Miles on Tires
November 11, 2011

I have had these tires on my car for one season now. I got heavy into autocross this year and well I was running all seasons, which I was stopped after my second run of the day with my cords showing on my back tire. I wanted summer tires however in chicago, I would have to get a set of winters as well. So i started shopping wheels and tires. I ended up buying enkei rpf 01s my factory wheel is an 8" i went up to 9.5 all the way around. I went from a 225/45 18 all season good year to these 275/35 18 hankook v12. What a difference. The fist time I got on the road with them I loved them they were quite and comfurtable for daily driving, however the first time I went on the expressway it seemed like when I wanted to change lanes, my car wanted to go the other way, it was a very scary expierence, I was actually driving to a track and once I got there and started to adjust my tire pressures I found that the tire show set them to 45psi... Way to high. I was probably driving around on the center strip of the tire. After I set my tire pressures this things were amazing... camparativly speaking.

I must say they are still a little soft in the turns, on the limmit they are like a rubberband, they have a whole lot of grip untill you turn just a little too hard and then they rebound back and chunk. They do have good grip but it takes a while to know how hard you can push them. there is no good indicator as to when your grip is going to go. They are a very good tire for daily driving probably cant push them past there grip levels, however on the track they take some getting used to, it is very easy to get over confident with them and ruin a great lap time.

Like I said I have been on them for a full season, they are very quite, I have not noticed any tread wear, I probably have about 6 autocrosses on them. They did have enough grip to snap my driver side rear axel... however I am guessing that was from wheel hop more than grip of the tires

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hoosier Radial Wet H20

Friday, December 23, 2011 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Hoosier Radial Wet H2OReviewer's Overall Rating: 10

2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata
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Miles driven on tires: 8
Location: Murphy, TX
Driving Condition: Spirited

Initial Review, 8 Miles on Tires
November 17, 2011

My 2006 Mazda MX-5 (3rd generation Miata) is prepped for C Street Prepared class autocross competition, where I compete against the smaller & much lighter 1st and 2nd gen Miatas. My drivetrain/suspension mods include AST 5220 coilovers, Hyperco springs, Hotchkis RX-8 front swaybar (no rear bar), full polyurethane bushings, and Mazdaspeed LSD. The engine is producing close to 200 hp and 170 tq (crank). It weighed 2360 at Nats this year, or nearly 400 lbs more than my competition. My best finish was 11th in 2010, although the car does have a National Championship title (Juliann Pokorny won the CSP Ladies class in 2009, in the rain on Day 2, on Hoosier Wets).

As a matter of fact, I've never been to Lincoln NE for a National-level event when it didn't rain! This past May, I was there for a 4-day combined SCCA National Tour & ProSolo, and it rained for the Tour. We finished mid-pack on my street Dunlop Direzza Star Specs, so I vowed to be prepared for rain at Nats.

I bought some "insurance" for Lincoln and installed a fresh set of the brand new Hoosier Wet H2O racing rain tire (275/35R18 on Enkei RPF1 18x9.5" 45ET wheels) just before the 2011 Tire Rack SCCA Solo National Championships. I also had a fresh set of Hoosier A6s for my dry race tires. We were in the first heat, and it had rained all night so there was not just standing water, but small rivers flowing across the course. After 1st runs, we were way ahead of our competition, and stayed on the H2Os as everyone else switched from rain tires to dry and back again, trying to find the edge. On my last run, with drying conditions accentuated by standing puddles, I layed down an astonishing run and finished Day 1 in 1st place, .6 seconds ahead of the field (including multi-time National Champions Matt McCabe, Scott Fraser, and eventual winner Tim Aro). I finished in 4th after Day 2 in the dry, so I give all the credit to the fantastic Hoosier Wet H2O tires for helping me achieve my first Nationals trophy!

Enkei Racing PF01 Wheels. Thanks to MAT!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011 by Gavin Carpenter
Last April, I discussed putting new wheels on my vehicle. After making my decision and driving the new setup for some time, I'm quite pleased with my selection. 

I went with the Enkei Racing PF01 for several reasons. First, is the brand's reputation. Several F1 teams, including the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes team use them. For many SCCA and NASA members, as well as road-going folks, Enkei is synonymous with a low-cost, quality wheel. 

Second, is the strength of the wheel. Many of Enkei's wheels, including the PF01 and the RPF1 are gravity cast wheels and use Most Advanced Technology (MAT) in forming the rim of the wheel. I didn't come up with the name MAT, but "shaving the wheel weight while adding strength to the rim" turned out to be a messy acronym. Here in the Midwest, I encounter a variety of driving surfaces and have hit my fair share of potholes and they've proven to stay true, so far. Thanks MAT!

Finally, is the wheel's weight. There is a noticeable difference in weight from the factory 17" Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 on my stock 17" VW Denver wheels and that of the 18" Enkeis with Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires. The 18" PF01 comes in at about a pound for every inch of diameter and the tires at 22 lbs. each, or roughly 40 lbs. per corner. My stock wheels weighed approximately 50 lbs. with tires. This gives me a huge loss in unsprung weight, giving me an advantage in handling and braking. The ride quality of the 18" setup is rougher than the stock 17", but then again, I put them on my GTI and not a Golf.

Developed for many fitments including certain Honda, Mazda and BMW models, the PF01 is available in the following finishes: 
Interested to see what the wheels look like on your vehicle, visit our Upgrade Garage.


Enkei Racing PF01 (Black w/ Mach Lip)
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Enkei Racing (White w/ Mach Lip)

I also toyed with the idea of purchasing a nice set of BBS rims, the CH in particular, but the cost dissuaded me a little bit from going that route. So, what do you think about the Enkei rims? Please note this is a photo from our Upgrade Garage, as my car was in desperate need of a wash at the release of this post.



 2010 gti enkei pf01

Wheel Spotlight: Enkei Racing RPF1

Monday, December 5, 2011 by Ben Rooney
Enkei Racing RPF1The RPF1 is one of the most popular designs in Enkei's flagship product line, Enkei Racing. Their clean, purposeful design combined with an exceptionally light weight makes them a popular choice with enthusiasts who want the very best performance.

Enkei's combination of sound structural design and high quality construction allows for a very lightweight wheel with a moderate price. Most RPF1 wheels are priced between two and three hundred dollars* and designed with racing in mind. The RPF1 does not come with a center cap, however for street use, center caps are available for purchase.  

Combined with an appropriate tire selection, a set of these Enkei wheels are an excellent choice for a Tire & Wheel Package. With options available in silver, black and gold, shop by vehicle to find if the Enkei Racing RPF1 is the right choice for your vehicle. If you're interested in what the black option looks like, check out the photo below of the wheel on a 2009 Subaru Impreza WRX.

*Prices subject to change
Black RPF1 on 09 Subaru Impreza WRX

Wheels & Tires for the 2011-2012 VW Jetta

Friday, November 4, 2011 by Cy Chowattukunnel
Despite what some automotive experts say, I really like the new Volkswagen Jetta. And, if the original Jetta tires and wheels are not to your liking, some aftermarket car rims and tires could really increase the vehicle's style.

As you try to envision how a given wheel will fit on your car, keep in mind that the offset spec effects the overall look. How would the 17x7.5 5-112 bolt pattern 45mm offset Bright Silver Enkei Tuning Fujin look on the car, even though your Original Equipment wheels are 16" in diameter and 6.5" with a 50mm offset? To help you gain a better picture of how these Enkei rims would sit on your vehicle, look at where your valve stems sit and picture them moving 17mm (roughly 3/4") out towards the fender.

Manufacturers will determine what sizes of wheels they'll make, as not all wheels come in all sizes. However, when you purchase wheels from Tire Rack, you can be assured the wheel you order is a perfect match for your vehicle. To see how we get the proper fitments for each vehicle, read "How We Know What Fits."

Since I am a big fan of the Jetta TDI let's use this application as an example. For 17" wheels you can choose Volkswagen tires in either 225/45-17 or 235/45-17. If I were picking tires to use here in Indiana, I'd get the 225/45-17 Michelin Primacy MXM4 for its combination of great steering response, wet grip and efficiency.

Since the new Jetta uses the indirect Tire Pressure Monitoring System with ABS sensors, you don't need to get separate sensors. And when you're looking at our online tire prices for the Michelin Primacy, create a Tire & Wheel Package with the Enkei wheels for $1388* plus shipping.

17x7.5 Bright Silver Enkei Tuning Fujin
17x7.5 Bright Silver Enkei Tuning Fujin
225/45-17 Michelin Primacy MXM4
225/45-17 Michelin Primacy MXM4

Create the perfect Tire & Wheel Package for your Jetta today!

Special Deal on Enkei Racing Series 17" NT03-M Bright Silver

Wednesday, August 17, 2011 by Cy Chowattukunnel
Producing racing wheels for ForEnkei Racing Series NT03-M Bright Silvermula One, WRC and Super GT Series, Enkei knows how to engineer wheels. The challenge is to make a wheel that's both light and strong. New wheels need to look good but heavy wheels will hurt braking, acceleration and steering feel. Read "Road Wheel Weights Can Affect Your Vehicle's Show...And Go" to see the role wheel weight plays in determining the vehicle's overall ride.

At 16.8 lbs in a 17x7.5 size, the Enkei Racing Series NT03-M is a great wheel for precise driving on the street and fun on the track. Now this world-class engineered wheel is even more affordable as the 17" Bright Silver NT-03M in 4-100 45 mm offset and 5-100 35mm offset are on closeout for $159 per wheel.

The 4-100 45mm offset will fit many applications including the Acura Integra and certain MINI Cooper models while the 5-100 35mm offset will fit Scion TCs and many older VWs. When combined with some of the great closeout pricing on 17" tires such as the Michelin Pilot Exalto PE2 and Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric it's easy create a great Tire & Wheel Package at an awesome price.

Begin building your Tire & Wheel Package today.

Wheel Options Already Available for Fiat 500

Monday, June 27, 2011 by Marshall Wisler
For the first time in decades, Fiat has launched a hot new hatch for use in the States. The Fiat 500 and its various trim levels have hit select dealerships across the country and are already receiving aftermarket support.

Manufacturers such as BBS, Enkei, and O.Z. are supplying large amounts of aftermarket wheels that Tire Rack offers as guaranteed fitments. There are currently 40 wheel options for the Fiat 500, with many choices for the Lounge, Pop and Sport trims.

BBS CS
BBS CS
Enkei PF01
Enkei PF01
O.Z. Alleggerita HLT
O.Z. Alleggerita HLT
 
Shop by vehicle to find wheels that are a great match for your vehicle. 

Enkei Releases A "Classic"

Wednesday, March 9, 2011 by Doc Horvath

Enkei has reissued their Enkei92 mesh wheels in popular sizes for Volkswagen, Honda, BMW, Audi and other import applications. The wheel is manufactured using the original castings in an effort to recreate the timeless look! 

Enkei Classic Enkei92 (Black w/Machined Lip) Enkei Classic Enkei92 (Gold w/Machined Lip) Enkei Classic Enkei92 (Silver w/Machined Lip)
Enkei Classic Enkei92 (Black w/Machined Lip) Enkei Classic Enkei92 (Gold w/Machined Lip) Enkei Classic Enkei92 (Silver w/Machined Lip)

Enkei92
Available Sizes: 15"
Center Cap: Included at no charge
Finish: Black w/Machined Lip, Gold w/Machined Lip and Silver w/Machined Lip

To see which wheel will fit your vehicle, shop by vehicle.

Wheels with Red Stripes

Friday, March 4, 2011 by Tucker Glenn
Looking for a way to stand out at track events or on the street? Separate your vehicle from the rest with wheels that have red stripes.
Enkei Performance KLAMP (Black w/Red Stripe) Breyton Race GTS-R (Black w/Red Stripe)
Enkei Performance KLAMP (Black w/Red Stripe) Breyton Race GTS-R (Black w/Red Stripe)

Motegi Racing MR 116 (Black w/Red Stripe) Motegi Racing MR 117 (Black w/Red Stripe)
Motegi Racing MR 116 (Black w/Red Stripe) Motegi Racing MR 117 (Black w/Red Stripe)

To see which wheel will fit your vehicle, shop by vehicle.

Looking for Lightweight Wheels?

Wednesday, February 9, 2011 by Chad Hocker
Looking for lightweight wheels? Tire Rack can help shed the pounds! Shop by vehicle. Then you can filter search results by brand, diameter, finish and weight.

Enkei Racing Series RPF1
Enkei Racing Series RPF1 (Black Painted) on 2009 Subaru Imperza WRX - 17x7.5 15.2 lbs.
Kosei K1 TS
Kosei K1 TS (Silver Painted) on 2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata - 17x9 16 lbs.
Take a look to see which wheel fits your vehicle!

New Wheels

Friday, January 21, 2011 by Gavin Carpenter

Enkei Classic Enkei92 (Gold w/Machined Lip)Winter is half over. Tax returns will be on their way, and some will have a little bonus in the mail from Uncle Sam. What to do with that little extra green? How about a new set of wheels from Tire Rack?

Springtime is the right time to put new wheels on your vehicle and give your car a fresh new look. 

Take a look at our new wheels from American RacingEnkei Performance Series, Enkei Racing SeriesEnkei Tuning Series, O.Z. Racing, MSW and Focal.  Don't miss or newest lines from Helo and the ultra-retro Enkei Classic wheels.  

Visit our Upgrade Garage to find a wheel that fits your vehicle.

The Classics are Back by Enkei

Tuesday, January 11, 2011 by Chad Hocker
EEnkei Classic Series Wheelsnkei Performance Series, Enkei Racing Series, Enkei Tuning Series and now Enkei Classic Series. Enkei has brought back some of the legendary and now classic wheels from the heydeys of the import car tuning scene.

Enkei92 Wheels
Enkei92
Enkei92
Enkei92
Black w/Machined Lip
Gold w/Machined Lip
Silver w/Machined Lip

The Enkei92 and also the J-Speed are available in 15-inch fitments. Take a look to see if these Enkei Classic Series wheels will fit your vehicle.

J-Speed Wheels
J-Speed
J-Speed
Black w/Machined Lip
Silver w/Machined Lip

The new Enkei Classic Series wheel line continues the production process of modern Enkei wheels. Incorporating Enkei's own Spec-E standards that surpass JWL standards by requiring a higher drop point in the impact testing and high cycles in the dynamic radial fatigue tests and rotary bending fatigue test.

Check to see which of these classic retro designed Enkei Rims will fit your vehicle and give it that old school feel combined with modern production methods and quality standards.

Enkei is Replaying the Classics

Saturday, January 8, 2011 by Hunter Leffel
Enkei Wheels is reviving a couple classics from years gone by.

Enkei Classic Series Enkei92 Wheels
Enkei92 Black w/Machined Lip
The Enkei92 wheel in gold, silver and machined is a throw back to the hey day of import tuners. It has the deep lip and old school mesh and is available in 15x7 with wheel offset of +38 and 15x8 with wheel offset of +25 offset in bolt patterns to fit popular imports.

Enkei Classic Series J-Speed Wheels
The J-Speed wheel is truly a classic and timeless design. Fitments are available in 15x7 or 15x8 with a 4-100 bolt pattern. Wheel Offset range from 25 to 38.

Check out these classics when looking for your next wheels and tire package.

Enkei92: Everything Old is New Again

Thursday, January 6, 2011 by Ben Rooney
Enkei92Enkei has announced that they are bringing back a classic design with the Enkei92. Sticking to their import tuner roots, these wheels come in 15x7 and 15x8 with +38 and +25 offsets, respectively.  Bolt patterns are 4x100 and 4x114. 15x7 also comes 5x114. As shown, black, silver and gold finishes are available, all with polished lip.  

These wheels are perfect for tuners working with older cars that want to keep a period-correct look. Old Nissans, Hondas, Toyotas or VWs are prime candidates for this wheel. The wheels are not yet available in stock, but are projected to be arriving in limited quantites in February/March 2011 with preliminary pricing from $143 to $158 per wheel.

Mazda Lightweight Wheels

Friday, August 27, 2010 by Jim Holloman
Looking for a lightweight wheel for the Mazda to reduce the unsprung weight so the brakes and suspension don't have to work as hard? Take a look at the Enkei Racing Series RPF1. It is a nice upgrade without breaking the bank on a tough durable lightweight wheel. In 17" they weigh 15 lbs. (17X7.5 wheel). The current cost is $233.00 per wheel.

Shown here is the Enkei Racing Series RPF1 on a couple of the Grand Am Continental Challenge cars.

Throw on some sticky tires and you have improved the car dramatically. Most people like the new Bridgestone Potenza RE-11 on the car. They are about as close to a race tire as you are going to get in a street tire. So for around $1,500.00 you can make the car handle like a race car.